Sep 18, 2014 3:00 PM

Rob Ford releases audio statement from hospital

The Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) A rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has released an audio statement just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy.

In the statement, Ford urged people Thursday to support his brother for mayor.

Ford will soon start 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer that forced him to do what months of scandals over drug and alcohol abuse could not drop his bid for re-election. Doctors announced Wednesday that Ford has a malignant liposarcoma.

Ford, who has been hospitalized with a tumor in his abdomen, announced Friday that he was pulling out of the Oct. 27 race and his brother Doug would run in his place.

Ford vows to beat cancer and says he's encouraging Doug to "jump in this race whole heartedly right now."


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